Olive You, Too (Kalamata Bread & Honey Balsamic Goat Cheese Spread)

With Thanksgiving approaching, I wanted to extend my heartfelt thanks to you for your visits here.  They make me smile.

Consequently, I carry that smile into the world and other folks benefit from it.  (Thought you should know that!)  So, thank you.

(And as the title implies… Olive You, Too!  xo)

Since everybody’s schedules are kicking into high gear (mine included), my next post won’t be until after Thanksgiving.  (Thought you should know that, too.)  Sometimes ya gotta keep it simple.

Speaking of which…

Honey Balsamic Goat Cheese Spread

(adapted from Taste Of Home)

1 c. Caprino cheese (or other creamy goat cheese)

1/3 c. mayonnaise (I used regular mayo)

2 Tbsp. honey

1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

Combine ingredients; mix until smooth. Cover and refrigerate.

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As for the bread, it couldn’t be any simpler.

Kalamata Bread

Knead 1 1/2 to 2 cups sliced kalamata olives into this recipe and thank Ally Phillips while you’re there.  (Thanks, Ally!)

And lest I forget… lavish with Honey Balsamic Goat Cheese Spread. :)

If you don’t have time for bread baking, simply serve with baguette slices (or pita chips) and assorted olives.

Happy Thanksgiving to you ‘n yours from The Man Of Few Words n’ me.

Enjoying sharing smiles,

~ Kim

33 thoughts on “Olive You, Too (Kalamata Bread & Honey Balsamic Goat Cheese Spread)

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    • Hi, Claudia! You made me smile with your question about being a professional photographer — not by a long shot, lol! (I love taking pictures, though, and I’m glad it shows.) Thanks for coming by to visit!

  3. We spend Thanksgiving with friends and this sounds like a nice hostess gift. Thanks for sharing…it will put smiles on everyone’s faces I’m sure. Have a lovely Thanksgiving.

    • Charlie, I’m not a huge “holiday” person, but I believe in creating “occasions!” (In this case, I was hungry for something “different!”) Glad you liked it, and I like your serving suggestion, too! ;)

  4. I like simple and this is a great treat. Did you pump that yummy stuff into the olives too? Have a great Thanksgiving and as we always do..watch that movie Home for the Holidays. It makes the day seem so much more better after seeing the mess they make of dinner. Much Love, Dawn.

    • Dawn, the olives came “pre-stuffed” (thank you, Lovera’s Italian Grocery) but as they say, necessity is the mother of invention. ;) I ate the last two for an appetizer last night, but I have some goat cheese left, if need be! BTW, had to Google “Home For The Holidays” (I lead such a sheltered life…) and it looks like a fun show — thanks for the tip. Happy Thanksgiving, dear sweet friend!

    • Dear ChopinandMySaucepan, there was no “perhaps” re: the wine. ;) Served it with a Merlot — nice! I’m glad you enjoy the view — my hubby suggested that I should start photographing my goodies “around the lake” (so many scenic spots!), but my favorite is (and always will be) “home.” Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. And one smile makes two! Olive you and the bread! This reminds me of the song phrase … “Olive, the other reindeer” … :)
    Happy thanksgving, Kimby.

  6. Nomnomnomnomnomnomnom! Looks so good! You’ve got me majorly craving olives right now…and bread…and bread with olives in it. LOL! You reminded me of the movie The Other Sister where one of the characters (can’t remember if it was the main character, think it was her sister) had this thing with her husband where if they were across the room, they’d say “olive juice” out loud b/c no one would know what they were talking about but to the partner reading the lips, it looked like “I love you.” So cute!

    • Veronica, I hadn’t heard of that movie, but it sounds great! (Will have to look it up when my holiday music schedule cuts me some slack.) Nice to know there’s another olive-lover out there!

  7. Simplicity is best! You’ve got some mouth-watering spread here & a good mix. R u going for another vacation again? Gosh, I’m gonna miss u! U bring smile to me too & I’m always looking fwd to your wonderful comments :)

    • Shirley, I’m not going on vacation — I’m working for a couple of weeks, plus rehearsals, gigs, & holiday music en masse — there’s not much time left for blogging! But, I’m still commenting as often as I can! :) (And I’ll be in SERIOUS need of the “spa treatment” afterwards!) :) Happy Birthday, lovely friend!

  8. Oh my! Olive you, too. BTW, my grandmother’s name was Olive and I was named after her. (nola=olive tree) I had some really wonderful olive bread at Obika last week and I vowed I’d be baking some soon. Now I can (and with some wonderful cheesy spread). Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and we’ll see you on the flip side!

  9. Kimby! This is some seriously wicked spread!! I love the tart of the balsamic with the sweet of the honey and creamy of the goat cheese…and then olives, can eat my weight in them…seriously, not til after Thanksgiving…I can’t stand it!! You have to at least do pictures of your table grub!! Oh, how I adore you and your life’s adventures!! xox big hugs, love, peace, nameste…Ally

    • Uru, that bread was soooo good (we have Ally’s Kitchen to thank for that!) and I’m making another batch of the spread for Thanksgiving, with or without the bread! (Ya gotta try it!) Thanks for your delightful comments, as always. xo

  10. Hey Kim, I’m sure you’ll be “cookin’ it up” for the holidays. Can’t wait to hear all about it. Curly Cutie and I wish you and TMOFW a great holiday season. We all have so much to be thankful for!

    • Tamika, yes I’ll be cookin’ it up, but just for TMOFW ‘n me. (Well, I take that back… we love to share!) It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving for me if I couldn’t pass a few plates… or deliver them. :) You’re right — we all have so much to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Curly Cutie, your “blessing,” & the hubby!

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